Embark on a captivating 3-day adventure in Macedonia, where ancient history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture await. Explore Skopje’s Old Bazaar and the Mother Teresa Memorial House. Discover the charm of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its ancient basilica and serene lake. Venture into the wonders of Matka Canyon and ascend Vodno Mountain for panoramic views. Unveil the hidden gems of Macedonia in this unforgettable journey.
Day 1: Exploring Skopje
- Arrive in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia.
- Check into your hotel and freshen up.
- Head to the Old Bazaar, one of the oldest and most vibrant bazaars in the Balkans. Stroll through its narrow streets, admire Ottoman architecture, and explore shops selling various items, including traditional crafts.
- Enjoy a traditional Macedonian lunch at a local restaurant in the Old Bazaar. Try dishes like Tavche Gravche (baked beans), Ajvar (red pepper and eggplant relish), and shopska salad.
- Visit the Skopje Fortress, located on a hill overlooking the city. It offers a fantastic view of the surrounding area.
- Explore the Kale archaeological site, which houses remains from different periods of Skopje’s history.
- Cross the Stone Bridge, an iconic symbol of Skopje, to the modern part of the city.
- Have dinner at a restaurant in the city center and savor Macedonian cuisine.
Day 2: Ohrid – The Pearl of the Balkans
- Take an early morning drive or flight to Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest human settlements in Europe.
- Visit the Church of St. Sophia, an ancient Byzantine basilica dating back to the 11th century.
- Enjoy a lakeside lunch with a view of Lake Ohrid. Try local fish dishes such as Ohrid trout.
- Explore the Ohrid Old Town, known for its cobbled streets and historic buildings.
- Visit the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, which dates back to the 2nd century BCE and hosts various cultural events.
- Take a relaxing boat tour on Lake Ohrid and admire the scenic beauty of the area.
- Return to Skopje in the evening.
Day 3: Matka Canyon and Vodno Mountain
- Drive to Matka Canyon, a stunning natural gorge located just outside of Skopje.
- Take a boat ride on the Matka Lake and marvel at the surrounding cliffs and caves.
- Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surroundings of Matka Canyon, or return to Skopje for lunch.
- Head to Vodno Mountain and take the cable car to the summit, where you’ll find the Millennium Cross, a large cross overlooking the city.
- Visit the Memorial House of Mother Teresa in Skopje, dedicated to the life and work of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was born in the city.
- In the evening, explore Skopje’s nightlife and try some local beverages at a bar or café.